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The SDPD enforcement hardware getting the most attention this Fourth of July weekend is the mobile observation tower on the sand in Pacific Beach.

"It looks like one of the robot crawlers in Star Wars," said Nate Sheridan from La Mesa, who, along with many others, stopped to stare up at the mechanical watchdog.

The tower rises three stories above the sand with the aid of hydraulic lifts. Behind darkly tinted windows, officers make use of cameras that can zoom in on an object almost a mile away. And when it gets dark, floodlights and night-vision technology help keep an eye on you.

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shikedawg July 6, 2010 @ 8:55 p.m.

when i saw this thing i had no idea what it was....then i noticed the san diego police department name was on it...it looks like one of those alien machines from "war of the worlds" movie that walk around killing people...does that thing walk around??


Gina Larson July 7, 2010 @ 1:46 p.m.

Guess the writer of this report figures that a curious reader will go to Google Maps to find the towers location. Let me save the reader some time and trouble by stating that in order to use Google Maps you'll need some basic information like a street name or a cross street or the buildings street address. None of that was provided by the so-called writer of this article which is more than a little ridiculous because as many San Diegans know there are plenty of cross streets that intersect the beach that the reporter could have used for geographical reference. It is for that reason that I rate this sorry report a thumbs down / 1 star on a Youtube-like rating scale.


nan shartel July 7, 2010 @ 4:01 p.m.

the general interest was an eye opener for me...in that case i give it a snippetthumbs up!!!


PartyTime July 7, 2010 @ 8:03 p.m.

Yeah I wanta know where on the beach in P.B. that contraption is, too. Talk about one bad smelling, major brain fart on the part of the apprentice writer. It's not possible the reporter writes for a living. Can't see how he'd get paid submitting articles like that!!!!! A 4th grader in elementary school working for the school newspaper could do a better job lol....


chuckwalla July 8, 2010 @ 7:05 a.m.

Big Brother is watching and he is everywhere.

Police State we are becoming


Ponzi July 8, 2010 @ 6:38 p.m.

Here are some key words for you in Barry's story "....mobile observation tower..."

"Mobile" obviously means it moves frequently so possibly the authors lack of an address. It wouldn’t be there anymore (if you went to check it out).

Nothing new about the contraption. It‘s been used many times around San Diego in the last year. If you want to learn more, here’s a story.



bsansiego17 July 8, 2010 @ 8:43 p.m.

Great article! I was wondering who brought Star Wars to the beach.


CaptRonRico July 9, 2010 @ 2:40 p.m.

They also had a "MOBILE" camera tower at Kate Sessions on the 4th. And just in case any of you kooks want to go look at it, go for it... or actually don't bother cause they MOVED it after the holiday also. InglouriousBasterd WTF are you talking about google maps for? Where are you from? The article is about MB/PB. If you could even find the beach (which is West for your reference)you'd see the Mobile eye in the sky if it was there. You're a Zeek I encourage you to get on the 8 East and don't get off.

Sincerely, Capt. RonRico


nan shartel July 9, 2010 @ 3:07 p.m.

taking pictures...hhhhmmmmmmmmm..i wonder if they'd be willing to sell some of those 5x8 glossies

Ab action of course :-O


Ponzi July 10, 2010 @ 2:55 p.m.

They take photo’s to document criminal activity. There is a lot more they can do with digital camera technology. With biometrics, they can identify people or look for wanted people, etc.

I have posted this from time-to-time, but it’s interesting to see what the police are doing with technology. If they can do this with license plates, they can do it with faces.


959FelsparStreet92109 July 11, 2010 @ 3:42 p.m.

CaptRonRico your information is outdated and incorrect. I encourage you to get out of the information biz and stay away from the computer. Furthermore, some San Diegans want to have a look at the tower and to call them a 'kook' for doing so is wrong. Or maybe it just makes you a loud mouthed drunk with nothing better to do.


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